Hitch-hiking conmen Bad News Johnson (Spencer Williams) and July Jones arrive in a Midwestern small town with a capital of 25 cents. Taking a room with Mama Lou (Inez Newell), whose daughter (Melody Duncan) is entered in a local beauty contest, they pose as Hollywood actors who can train Honey Dew in stagecraft. Meanwhile, Mama's other daughter Florida (Katherine Moore) prepares to elope to Chicago with Johnny (Howard Galloway), owner of the Juke Joint...where, after a jitterbug contest, Mama herself takes a hand
October 7, 2019 Subject:
Hot Night at the Juke Joint
An entertaining film with a down home plot and feel and a a little good music. It was directed by and starred Spencer Williams (later to find national fame as Andy on the TV show "Amos and Andy") - as director, he gets as much out of a cast of unknowns (at least IMDb unknowns) as possible. This is also the best acting I have seen from Williams in a "race" film. The cast of unknowns - whatever their training or previous experience - give surprisingly natural performances - whether as an irresponsible husband and father, a no nonsense head of the family mother, an older daughter who is tired of small town life or a sleazy womanizing bar owner. Williams and his partner July Jones provide the humor. The music and jitterbug dancing at the end are the movie's high point. And at the end, momma rules with an umbrella, a hair brush and a strong right arm.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
February 11, 2011 Subject:
Print isn't very good, but...
I love this film non the less because it's real and funny as hell. This reminds me so much of so many people I grew up with and my own mother never had the first qualm about bending me over her knee either.
Some of the acting was great and some stank, but the real feel to it is what makes this one so special. These were real events the way they played out..still are in many peoples lives.